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Sep 10, 2013 01:30 PM

Dinner recommendations for Boston

We are going to be in Boston for two nights in a couple of weeks. I'm looking for dinner suggestions. We like all kinds of food and aren't worried about price. Want a fun atmosphere with great food - not too stuffy. Where should we go? We are staying near copley square.

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  1. I'll start you off:
    O Ya

    But definitely spend some time searching the board. This is a popular topic.

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    1. re: jajjguy

      Thank you. I am searching but good to know what's top of mind with people as well.

      1. re: jajjguy

        Can't believe I forgot Erbaluce.

      2. Dinner Spots that I would highly recommend :

        Oleana- really unusual Turkish/Mediterranean menu; (owner's farm)-to-table;charming patio. Aside from the food being delicious, this is a real 'foodie's delight' because the menu will be full of things you will not see elsewhere in the U.S. Cambridge

        Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese. South End

        Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood. Cambridge

        OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive. South Station

        Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny, always a line, top quality raw bar; inventive seafood along w/ trad.Leave your name and stroll the fascinating North End. (no resvtns-NR)

        Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room yet intimate, more trad but some inventive.

        Toro- possibly the loudest room in Boston, full-out Tapas (the inventive often more successful than the trad) yet their Paella is unbeatably unctuous .South End .NR

        Aquitaine- THE spot when you're exhausted and you want to be taken care of. Classic French Bistro food beautifully done in a beautiful room, w/ gracious top notch service. South End.
        Strip T's (in a 'suburb', 10 min cab from Harvard Square) Casual small treasure for serious foodies; Momofuku chef; great inventive Asian- inspired, but also exc.fried chicken and unusual terrific burger. Watertown.

        Sycamore- 30 min car or train ride West to affluent Newton Centre and this welcoming veteran run spot with many unique twists (see the Daily Duck, Lamb or Pork board- with four mini entree ,starch and veg.medleys.)


        Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

        For brunch, you cannot have more fun than at East Coast Grill in Cambridge. 25 yrs as a real locals' fav for all ages; latin, mexican,bbq and and seafood; Bloody Mary bar; great vibe.

        Another neighborhood hotspot is Highland Kitchen in Somerville,packed w/ 20's and young families.'Comfort food' plus; great bar and music. NR

        For more refined brunch, Aquitaine and Mistral ($French elegant) are popular. South End.

        The Boston CH board is very active and helpful. They will give you their favs and latest finds as well.

        1. StripT's would be my rec.

          For lunch I would recommend Boston Kabob in Allston for the vegetarian platter. Seriously.